Posts Tagged ‘FF4’

Thinning down FireFox 4's Tab Bar

Posted in Blog on January 19th, 2011 by Matt – 2 Comments

FireFox4 Beta 9 is out and they've made great improvements toward efficient vertical space use. Now when you maximize the main window the tabs move into the title bar! Here's how to set the tabs to always be in the Title Bar of the window even when not maximized.


Setting FF4's Tabs to Always be in the Title Bar


We need to add a couple of lines to your userChrome.css file. The userChrome.css file is located in the following locations:

XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\chrome\
Vista\7: C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\<profile>\chrome\

Open that file in Notepad or another text editor and add the following lines to it:

@namespace url("");

#main-window[sizemode=normal][tabsontop="true"] #toolbar-menubar[autohide="true"] {
#main-window[sizemode=normal] #navigator-toolbox[tabsontop="true"] > #toolbar-menubar[autohide="true"] ~ #TabsToolbar {
padding-left: 8px !important;
padding-right: 8px !important;
height: 22px !important;

You'll also need to set FireFox to always display the tab bar (Options > Tabs > Always show the tab bar) so as not to cause issues when only a single tab is open.

Most credit for this version goes to sdrocking with this post as

Re-enable URL AutoFill on FireFox 4

Posted in Blog, Tech on September 23rd, 2010 by Matt – Be the first to comment

The default behavior in Safari has always been that, while typing a URL, enter selects the most likely recommendation. Its super efficient. Why it's not the default of all browsers, I'll never know. FireFox before version 4 had the ability to auto-complete address bar suggestions. In about:config the option was called browser.urlbar.autoFill. With Version 4, that option no longer functions. As usual an extension has come to the rescue!

The "Enter Selects" FireFox Add-On

The enter selects add-on doesn't truly auto-fill the remainder of the the URL bar. Instead it simply selects the first suggested awesomebar result for whatever you've typed. The end result is the same. A quick "g, enter" gets me to Google, "l, enter" gets me to lifehacker, "j, enter" gets me to Jalopnik. I know I could have set up some tags on my bookmark entries, but this is a much more effective method that changes over time as the sites I visit change.

Another entry goes on my FireFox must have extension list.